Woo on the Water Board, Capitalism aside
Congratulations to the Humboldt Bay Municipal Water District for choosing to fill a vacant seat on its board with a highly qualified candidate, Sheri Woo.
The board had been split between Woo, an environmental engineer, and Ben Shepherd of the Humboldt Coalition of Property [development] Rights.
Water District member Bruce Rupp broke ranks and cast a vote for Woo, despite having supported Shepherd. Rupp said Shepherd shares his view that Capitalism is good for the country.
It should go without saying that reverence for an economic system that puts profit over people is hardly a qualification for a seat on the Water District.
In Michael Moore’s movie Capitalism, A Love Story, he reports on companies that take out life insurance policies on its employees, thereby reaping profits when they die. You can read the extensive list here, which includes Wal-Mart, Walgreens, Sherwin-Williams, PacifiCorp, JP Morgan Chase, Bank of America, and AT&T.
The movie is a 2 and a half hour rebuke of the system that considers workers “peasants,” and anyone who steps into Humboldt County for five minutes knows what capitalism has done to our natural resources.